JULIETT Passion (Metal Mayhem, 2002)
Juliett consist of Kenny McGee on vocals, Jimmi Delsi on guitar, Ty Westerhoff on bass and
Frankie Banali on drums (who later joined QUIET RIOT & WASP amongst others).
Starting off with a keyboard pomp intro to ‘Love Hungry Man’, the song
soon develops into a rollicking rocker. Kenny McGee’s singing style is very
similar to Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider, none more so than on ‘Lost &
Lonely’, which sounds like prime time Twisted Sister! A great song with a
real party rock vibe and ‘gang choir’ backing vocals. The lyrics of ‘Boys
Will Be Boys’ will never win awards but the song is a melodic mid-tempo
The ballad ‘Baby Blue’ works okay with it’s slow build-up but the band
seem better at the rockier tracks. ‘Any Time You want Me’ is another party
rocker and ‘Mind Over Matter’ is a passable mid-tempo song. The backing on
this is very hi-tech and is bizarrely similar to ‘90125’-era Yes.
If you like your rock with a classic 80’s sound then give this a try,
particularly if you enjoyed Twisted Sister. Not groundbreaking by any means
but a fine example of the hard rock sound at that time. Vocalist Kenny McGee
certainly has a powerhouse vocal and lifts the album above many other bands
of that time. A four if you like this era of 80’s metal but for everyone
else a three.
Kenny McGee review
Review by Jason Ritchie